Boat traffic complemented the railway network

Thanks to the extensive network of canals and locks, passenger and freight boats could reach even the farthest corners of the Saimaa and Päijänne lake systems in the 1910s. Boats sailed on other major lakes as well, except for Lake Inari. The boats transported people and goods along the waterways. Water transport facilitated access to […]

Nurmi, Paavo

Paavo Nurmi – a running ambassador for Finland who embodied the nation’s aspirations towards Europe and the West Paavo Nurmi (1897–1973), who won nine gold and three silver medals at Olympics, is one of the world’s most successful distance runners of all time. At the time, Nurmi’s superiority was astonishing. The modern Finland was embodied […]